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									                                    TOSC Program
                      Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center
                         B-100A Research Complex-Engineering
                               Michigan State University
                                East Lansing, MI 48824




                 MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN
              ANTRIM COUNTY UNITED THROUGH ECOLOGY AND THE
                 MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY TOSC PROGRAM

May 4, 2004

        Successful community revitalization depends on dedicated involvement by
residents. However, the degree of technical expertise varies from one community member
to another. Providing appropriate knowledge to all parties involved is vital for residents to
become informed decision-makers in site cleanup projects. The objective of the Technical
Outreach Services to Communities (TOSC) Program at Michigan State University-
Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center is to improve the ability of communities to
be informed participants in environmental cleanup projects by providing impartial
technical assistance and education on environmental science, technology, and policy
issues.

        This Memorandum of Understanding between the ACUTE Coalition and TOSC
states the services that TOSC may provide to the Mancelona-area community. Specifically,
the MOU describes the assistance that TOSC may provide regarding the Mancelona-Cedar
River (also known as Wickes Manufacturing) trichloroethylene (TCE) Plume. The TOSC
Outreach Plan, which will be published by June 30, 2004, will describe TOSC services in
greater detail, along with an overview of the TCE plume issue and community concerns
related to it.

Scope of Assistance

The ACUTE Coalition and the TOSC Program are entering into this MOU with the
understanding that TOSC may provide the following assistance:

        •     Informational and educational services related to remediation documents
              produced by the State of Michigan or other parties. (TOSC will not, however,
              provide a written review/critique of the documents, due to funding limitations.)
        •     Informational and educational services related to the health risk and
              environmental fate, effects, and transport of TCE




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        •     Informational and educational services related to common and innovative
              remediation (cleanup) technologies to decontaminate TCE and/or other
              contaminants in groundwater

       The following partnering organizations within the        WHAT IS TOSC?
community have signed Letters of Support for the
ACUTE Coalition’s efforts to formulate a course of action       The Technical Outreach Services
to address the Mancelona-Cedar River TCE Plume, in a            for Communities (TOSC) program
                                                                promotes community involvement
timely manner, through consensus-building processes.            in environmental decision-making
This MOU states the intent of the community, through the        through educational and technical
ACUTE Coalition to receive TOSC’s assistance.                   assistance services, and is funded
ACUTE’s partner organizations include:                          under a grant from the U.S. Envi-
            • Mancelona Township                                ronmental Protection Agency. The
                                                                Michigan State University TOSC
            • Custer Township                                   office is part of the Midwest Haz-
            • Community Resource Development, Inc.              ardous     Substance     Research
            • Schuss Property Association                       Center. Additional participating
                                                                universities include Purdue Uni-
            • Lodge at Cedar River Association                  versity and Kansas State Univer-
            • Three Lakes Association                           sity.
            • Bellaire Realtors
            • Cedar River Village Association                   TOSC seeks to build community
                                                                understanding of site contamina-
            • Mancelona Area Water & Sewer Authority            tion problems and empower citi-
                                                                zens and local government to
          TOSC representatives will remain outside of any       participate in the decision making
decision-making processes and will maintain a position of       process. TOSC faculty, working
non-advocacy. Assistance will not supersede nor interpret       collaboratively with citizens, de-
                                                                sign educational workshops that
federal, state, or local laws and regulations, and assistance   address key questions and con-
provided cannot be considered legal advice. TOSC will           cerns. Additionally, TOSC reviews
provide basic information solely for the community to           documents and provides profes-
gain a better understanding of the issues related to the        sional guidance on site cleanup
Mancelona-Cedar TCE plume.                                      work. TOSC faculty members
                                                                generally teach and conduct re-
                                                                search in environmental engi-
        ACUTE expressly acknowledges and agrees that            neering and sciences, hydrogeol-
this MOU is not a contract. Nothing in this MOU shall           ogy, and toxicology.
grant to a party the right to make commitments of any
kind for, or on behalf of, another party. This MOU is not intended to be, nor shall it be
construed as a formal business arrangement.

        The community, through the ACUTE Coalition, will collaborate with TOSC in
addressing public concerns and questions over the plume characteristics, established and
innovative remediation technologies, and TCE-related information, and will contribute its
knowledge, experience and time. Additionally, ACUTE will forward relevant documents
to the TOSC program for review or alert TOSC to the availability of documents.




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        At any time, TOSC and ACUTE are free to propose changes in the Scope of
Assistance. A letter indicating the desired change(s) should be sent to other party, and
discussions will be held on the request for a change, focusing on community needs and the
feasibility of that assistance.

Evaluation

        The success of any project hinges on all parties being able to accurately assess and
convey the needs, abilities, and goals of the effort, and the ability to respond timely and
properly. During and following the completion of assistance activities described above,
the parties will be asked to complete questionnaires to evaluate and to provide suggestions
for improved assistance. If problems develop with the quality of assistance that are not
adequately addressed by the evaluation process or by specific verbal and written
communications between the ACUTE and TOSC personnel, a written list of specific
problems should be provided to the Director of the MSU HSRC Office for further
assistance (see contact information below).

Project Duration

        Assistance to the community will begin upon execution of this Memorandum of
Understanding. Progress and success under this MOU will be evaluated every six months
with a determination to be made regarding the continuing nature of the effort. This MOU
can be terminated at any time by written request of the signatories to the MOU. Reasons
for termination should be included in the termination request in order for both parties to
evaluate the effectiveness of the assistance provided, and to improve future attempts at
similar agreements.

        The TOSC program reserves the right to cease activities at the site in the case of
funding constraints or if it is determined that conditions at the site are such that TOSC
outreach assistance will not be beneficial to the community. The community will be given
written notice 30 days prior to the termination of TOSC assistance.

Contacts

        Primary ACUTE and TOSC points of contact are listed below. The ACUTE contact
will coordinate and be the focal point for information exchange between the community
and the TOSC program. TOSC representatives will occasionally interact with appropriate
state and federal environmental protection agencies for technical information, with
information requests copied to the ACUTE Coalition and other parties, upon the request of
those parties.

The primary contact for ACUTE will be:
Gary Knapp
Community Development Coordinator



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Community Resource Development, Inc.
c/o Mancelona Family Resource Center
205 North Grove Street
Mancelona, MI 49659

The primary contact for TOSC will be:
Kirk Riley
TOSC Program Manager
B-100A Research Complex-Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-7493

Approval

        Please indicate the ACUTE Coalition’s approval of the assistance stated in this
Memorandum of Understanding by executing the signature block below. If you require
revisions to the scope of this agreement please send or fax proposed revisions to the TOSC
representatives. We look forward to your response.

For the community through ACUTE:



Gary Knapp                                  Date




For TOSC:



Kirk Riley                                  Date


For additional information, please contact the Associate Director of the Midwest
Hazardous Substance Research Center:
Dr. Thomas C. Voice
Professor of Environmental Engineering
A-127 Research Complex-Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-0228



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